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Have not interfered in HC proceedings, says Punjab CM on police turf war

“I had called a meeting of the top brass of the police to only give directions in the interest of the state,” he said, while speaking to reporters in the state secretariat, where the newly-named ministers took charge.

punjab Updated: Apr 25, 2018 16:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
HC proceedings,Punjab CM,police turf war
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh (HT File )

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said, on Tuesday, that he had not, in any way, interfered in Punjab and Haryana high court proceedings in a case related to the ongoing tussle between top Punjab Police officials.

“I had called a meeting of the top brass of the police to only give directions in the interest of the state,” he said, while speaking to reporters in the state secretariat, where the newly-named ministers took charge. He was responding to a question on the plea of DGP (human resource development) Sidhharth Chattopadhyaya’s lawyer in the HC on Monday saying that the CM was in contempt of court for having called a disciplinary meeting of the police top brass.

“I will not tolerate indiscipline in the force. Discipline in the uniformed forces, be it the Army, the paramilitary or the police, has to be maintained at all costs,” he added.

Amarinder had given a dressing-down to DGP and ADGP -rank officers in the meeting. This was after Chattopadhyaya, in an application before the HC, accused Punjab DGP Suresh Arora and DGP (intelligence) Dinkar Gupta of trying to drag him into the suicide case of the son of a former president of a century-old charitable-cum-educational body, Chief Khalsa Dewan. Amarinder had warned officials against going to media and the courts on official matters.

On bringing the Special Task Force (STF) against drugs under Punjab DGP, Amarinder reiterated that the only way to bring STF chief Harpreet Singh Sidhu to the state to head the STF against drugs was to get him into the chief minister’s office (CMO) since he was then on central deputation and yet to complete his tenure. “Now that his pending tenure with the central government has ended, he has been placed under the DGP,” the CM added.

First Published: Apr 25, 2018 16:29 IST